JOHN HUSTON BECOMES AN IRISH CITIZEN
Outside the Government Buildings on Merrion St, news reporters waited for the famous film director John Huston after he officially became an Irish citizen.
The director, famous for films such as The Maltese Falcon and Moby Dick, was born in Missouri in 1906, but on this day in 1964 he renounced his American citizenship to become an Irish citizen.
Huston’s grandfather, Robert Moore Huston, was an Irish man from Armagh who went to Canada shortly before the famine. John first visited Ireland in 1951 where he stayed in Wicklow in the home of Garech Browne, a member of the Guinness family. He visited many times thereafter and on one of these occasions he bought and restored an old Georgian house, St Cleran’s in Craughwell Co. Galway. His daughter, Angelica Houston attended school at well-known Kylemore Abbey for many years. The National University of Ireland, Galway now has a dedicated film school named in his honour.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Eireann ( A view of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest running indigenous newsreel series. Made in the Irish language for the purpose of promoting its use, each episode featured a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine like items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition.
With kind permission of Gael Linn.